Back In Time Explores Oklahoma City's Civil Rights Pioneers Who Fought for Equality

OETA's "Back In Time" Profiles Oklahoma's Civil Rights Struggle

Posted by Chase Harvick on

When Americans think of the civil rights movement, images of Selma, Greensboro and Montgomery come to mind.

But what most people don’t know is that many of the first steps in the long struggle for racial equality were taken in Oklahoma. Decades before Brown v. Board of Education, Oklahoma leaders were pushing back against segregation and discrimination in the courts.

In Oklahoma City during the 1950s, coordinated sit-ins opened lunch counters, restaurants and retail stores to black customers. It happened in Oklahoma first, but because there was little violence it did not capture the national spotlight.

OETA’s award-winning documentary series "Back In Time" looks at the Oklahomans who risked everything in the fight for “Civil Rights” Thursday, February 5 at 7pm. The episode rebroadcasts Thursday, February 19 at 7pm and Sunday, February 22 at 11am.

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